The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO of the Australian Museum (AM), as an Honorary Adjunct Professor.

Ms McKay will also serve as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and take on the role of Associate Supervisor for Higher Degree Research theses.

“Ms McKay brings a wealth of experience to the Advisory Council with an international career in social innovation, marketing, communications and management spanning 30 years,” said Professor Alex Frino, Dean of MGSM. “She’s an inspirational leader whose appointment to the Advisory Council also supports our commitment to building our Women in MBA Program and leading in gender diversity,” said Professor Frino.

Ms McKay is the first woman to be appointed as director in the Australian Museum’s 190 year history. Under her leadership the AM is significantly transforming its public galleries and identifying new income streams while delivering a balanced budget.

“I am very pleased to join the MGSM team and serve on its Advisory Council as MGSM has pioneered a ground-breaking program to give women greater access to undertake its highly regarded MBA Program.

“The Museums sector has also recently embarked on a national program to provide women with the opportunity to reach the top echelons of our cultural institutions and I am committed to see women succeed in both the business and not-for-profit sectors,” Kim McKay said.

Ms McKay was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2008 for distinguished service to the environment and the community. She is the co-founder and was deputy chair of Clean Up Australia (1989-2009), and co-founder and deputy chair of Clean Up the World (1992-2009).

Ms McKay’s current not-for-profit roles include: board member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation, board member of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, member of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Legacy Fund and advisory board member and ambassador for the 1 Million Women campaign. She is a member of the Council of Australian Museum Directors (CAMD) and recently helped initiate an Australia and NZ wide mentoring program for female emerging leaders in the sector.